Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Value of player piano


I have a WP Haines & Co player piano made for Watkins Brothers, in NY with a Presto Tempo indicator.  I found two numbers inside 52183 and 3114.

I am think of trying to sell this but I have no idea what it might be worth or even how to go about figuring out its value.  Can you help?

Hi Caroline:

The piano was made in 1916. The actual serial number is the 52183.

Viability in pianos like this is a problem.

If the player mechanism is still in it and no real work was done, experience says the bellows, tubing, and leathers are all dried out.

And, pin block issues along with the action are suspect.

In reality, the piano has little value left after almost 100 years.

But to be sure, an on site inspection would be necessary if you are serious about selling.

Go to ptg.org and in the upper right hand corner there is a place to locate a registered technician. Find one who has expertise in player mechanisms.

You could also go to the AMICA site. That is the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association. You may find more help with the player part there.

We are probably talking hundreds here rather than thousands.

Good luck!

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